Australia Day 2017

Ah yes, it’s time to celebrate our national day again and Australia Day in New York is great fun! This year it falls on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 and there are some wonderful celebrations and festivities in and around the city for you to join.

The American Australian Association’s Annual Australia Day Black Tie Gala is on Friday, January 20th at Cipriani Wall Street and will be a fun and glamorous night out.

The American Australian Association and G’day USA have a luncheon on Monday 23rd January, from 12pm to 2pm with a presentation by The Hon Steven Ciobo, MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, on ‘The Importance of Australia for U.S. Companies Pivoting to Asia’. Click here for tickets.

Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy present an Australia Day Party on Sunday, January 22nd from 3-8pm at Jimmy At the James Hotel – 27 Grand Street, New York. Note there is limited capacity, and in lieu of a ticket price, a donation to Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy is greatly appreciated (suggested donation $50 – $200 per person). All funds raised from the Australia Day party will go towards protecting Australia’s threatened wildlife and their unique habitats.

The Australian – 20 West 38th Street, New York – will be celebrating on Wednesday 25th January from 8pm till late and will play the Hottest 100 live. And, again on Thursday 26th January from 11am till late there will be more Triple J’s Hottest 100 + Live Music, plus $1 off all Coopers. Door charge from 4pm.

New York Magpies Australia Day Party is on Friday 27th of January at 8pm at Professor Thom’s – 219 2nd Ave, New York – $15 at the door or $10 tickets online here.

Bensons – 181 Essex St (Corner of Houston) New York – are celebrating on Tuesday January 25th, where the Aussie Meetup Group will be there from 7pm for the Hottest 100 party and Benson’s will be serving Coopers on tap. There will be another Australia Day party from 6pm on January 26th where Bensons will serve up their classic sausage sizzle PLUS fairy bread.

Burke & Wills – 226 W 79th Street, New York – on Thursday 26th January there will be a 5-course special dinner menu with pairing of all Australian wine. Reservations Required. Call 646 823 9251 or email

Flinders Lane – 162 Avenue A, New York – on Thursday 26th January there will be a special four course tasting menu for $50 per person. Australian Kingfish Sashimi Finger Lime, Citrus Ponzu, Crispy Taro Salt & Pepper Prawns Sesame Dressing, Grilled Lime Braised Victorian Beef Cheek Truffle Mash, Almond-Parley Salad Passionfruit & Mango Pavlova Vanilla Whipped Cream (drinks/tax/gratuity not included). Reservations Required.

Four’n Twenty pies – will be doing a special drop-off near McCarren Park, Brooklyn on Saturday 21st January, so get your orders in now!

Bluestone Lane is offering Mates Rates to all Aussie locals on Thursday 26th January across both Bluestone Lane cafe and coffee shops. Cafes are offering $5 Australian beer and wine by glass as well as serving up warm Sausage Rolls and Meat Pies all day.  Coffee shops are offering $2 flat whites and pastries including our delicious Aussie lamington and caramel slice. Also, to keep the Australian cheekiness, be the first to bare your ‘budgie smugglers’ on Australia Day and they’ll give you a free coffee every day for a month. Sounds like a great deal!

Two Hands Restaurant & Bar – 251 Church St, TriBeCa – is having a Aussie shin-dig on Thursday 26th January with treats like wedges with sour cream & sweet chilli sauce, buckets o’ prawns, sausage rolls, lamb ribs, chicken parmies and pavlovas all washed down with ice-cold sweet selfish Coopers Green & Red ales. Email for bookings.

The Thirsty Koala – 35-12 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria – are celebrating on Thursday 26th January with happy hour from 5-11pm: $4 Koala Lager, $5 draught beers, $5 wines & $5 cocktails all night. You will not go hungry with a great list of Aussie food available including homemade mini meat pies, sausage rolls, chicken parma & barramundi. For those with a sweet tooth you can enjoy pavlova, lamingtons, caramel slices & sticky date pudding.

Northern Territory – 12 Franklin Street, Brooklyn – will be celebrating on Thursday 26th January with Cooper’s Beer and food specials as well as playing the Triple J countdown and the Australian Tennis Open will be showing.


And if you are in the mood for shopping, celebrate Australia Day with R.M.Williams in New York who are offering 20% off throughout the store for AAA and AWNY members Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th inclusive. Coffee house Bluestone Lane will be offering an assortment of beverages at a pop-up station on Australia Day only, so go and visit R.M. Williams at 152 Spring Street (between West Broadway and Wooster).


In the meantime watch this year’s Lamb commercial aimed at celebrating diversity, and have a fantastic Australia Day in New York!

What’s on in June 2015

A shortlist of things to do and see in NYC in June curated by Belinda Jackson.

The start of the summer is time to pull out the white outfits from your closet and find the hats, sunscreen and BBQ sauce. There are loads of free offerings on from music and movies, to parades and block parties. Here are a few highlights for you.

Celebrate Brooklyn opens on June 3rd and runs through to August with Chaka Khan as the opening act.

The Chris’s of Flinders Lane (Chris Rendell, chef and Chris McPherson, sommelier) will be serving up some of their specialties at James Beard House on June 5. Get your tickets soon for this evening of celebrating Australian cuisine and wines.

The Governors Ball Music Festival is a phenomenal music festival at Randall’s Island that runs from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th June. Catch the ferry out and enjoy some of that great food and music on offer. Just remember to wear sunscreen.

The Belmont Stakes will be held at Belmont Park on Long Island on June 6th. This year there is the possibility of American Pharoah taking out the Triple Crown, if he succeeds this will be the first Triple Crown winner since Seattle Slew took the Crown in 1978.

The 69th Tony Awards will be at Radio City Music Hall on June 9th at 8pm, this year they will be hosted by Kristen Chenoweth and Alan Cumming.

The ‘Out from Down Under’ exhibition at the Agora Gallery will run until June 9. Definitely worth a visit before the artwork goes back ‘Down Under’.

Australia’s Daniel Geale will challenge Miguel Cotto current WBC Middleweight and Ring Magazine World Champion at the Barclays Center on June 6 at 6pm.

Clinton the Musical is running at New World Stages. This is written by Australian Paul Hodge and we have been offered a special ticket rate for $49 – use code CTWJC49 to access this special rate (regular price is $75-$95).

We are well into the baseball season for the major leagues, but a fun thing to do over the summer is check out the minor leagues. NYC has two fabulous teams – the Staten Island Yankees (a feeder team to the NY Yankees) and the Brooklyn Cyclones (a feeder team to the NY Mets). Both teams have great stadiums; the SI Yankees have a view of Manhattan and the Cyclones are out at Coney Island looking out over the Atlantic. Opening day is June 19 of the two teams playing one another at the Staten Island stadium and on June 20 they will play at the Cyclones stadium in Brooklyn.

Museum Mile Festival is on June 9 from 6-9pm. One day a year, for the past 37 years, nine of the country’s finest museums —all ones that call Fifth Avenue home— collectively open their doors for free to New Yorkers and visitors for a mile-long block party and visual art celebration.

The Jazz Age Lawn Party is New York City’s original prohibition era inspired gathering. Two weekends a year, guests are invited to travel back in time and discover and experience one of the most colorful and formative epochs in American history. June 13 and 14 and August 15 and 16.

New York Philharmonic will be performing two free concerts in Central Park on June 17 and 18. Take a picnic out to the Great Lawn and enjoy this wonderful Philharmonic music. Local tip – Adam Gilbert will be conducting on June 17 and this is his last year leading the NY Philharmonic. If you haven’t seen him before it might be worthwhile trying for the 17th.

River to River Festival – June 18 to June 28

Annual Chappel-Hadlee Cricket Match – June 20

The annual Mermaid Parade is on June 20 from 1pm and is the largest art parade in the nation. A celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, it showcases over 1,500 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs and beyond, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride. The parade highlights Coney Island Pageantry based on a century of many Coney parades, celebrates the artistic vision of the community of NYC.

Bryant Park Film Festival commences on June 22nd.

NYC Pride Parade is on June 28 commences at 12 noon and will travel down Fifth Avenue from 36th St. & Fifth Ave.
Ends at Christopher & Greenwich Streets.

If you’re looking for a day trip from the city, try a visit up the Hudson to Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate – it is open until late September.

Save the Date for July

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks show will be on the East River this year.

Sydney University North American Alumni Conference NYC 2015 will be held in NYC from July 16 to 18. More details can be found at their website –

photo credit: At the Jazz Age Lawn Party by Whitney Browne

Happy Australia Day in NYC 2015

Australia Day is Monday, January 26th and there is a wealth of celebrations to be part of commencing this coming weekend. Below is a list of what’s on offer.

The Australia Day Black Tie Gala is on Friday, January 23rd at Cipriani Wall Street.

The Liberty 29 W 35th Street, New York
New York Magpies present Australia Day
Saturday 24 Jan. 8pm-4am – Free drink with entry, Aussie beer and wine specials, live music by Dave Young, Aussie sport on TV and a special appearance from Keith the Koala. Complimentary food available from 8-9pm. Dress in your best Australiana costume for a chance to win great prizes.

The Thirsty Koala – 35-12 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria
Saturday 24 Jan. 8-11pm – Munch on meat pies, sausage rolls and cheezymites. Aussie drink specials flowing and live jazz music. Raffles and prizes all night long from Coopers.

The Australian20 West 38th Street, New York
Sunday 25 Jan. 8pm-4am – Triple J’s Hottest 100
Monday 26 Jan. Free Coopers on entry between 3-4pm, Skype session with Jimmy Barnes at 5pm, live music from 6pm.

Northern Territory12 Franklin Street, Brooklyn
Sunday 25 Jan. 4pm-late – DJ playing throughout the day, lamb burgers and lamb lollipops, kitchen specials, free Coopers gift give away, $6 Coopers pale ale draft pints all night and raffle prizes to be won.

Soho House – 29-35 9th Avenue, New York – SOLD OUT
Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy Event present an Australia Day Party at Soho House
Sunday, January 25. 2-7pm – In lieu of a ticket price, a donation to Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy is greatly appreciated (suggested donation $50 – $200 per person).  All funds raised from the Australia Day party will go towards protecting Australia’s threatened wildlife and their unique habitats. SOLD OUT

Flinders Lane 162 Avenue A, New York
Sunday 25 & Monday 26 Jan. – Special 3-course menu created by chef Chris Rendell.

Burke & Wills226 W 79th Street, New York
Monday 26 Jan.  5.30-11pm – 5-course special dinner menu with all Australian wine pairing. Reservations essential.

Bluestone LaneWest Village, Financial District, Midtown East & the new Bryant Park store, New York
Australia Day promotion – Half price key Australian espresso coffee beverages including: Flat White, Long Black, Magic and Piccolo Latte.

Down Under New York Tech MeetupBiergarten at The Standard Hotel 848 Washington Street, New York
Monday 26 Jan. 7-10:30pm – Casual drinks to celebrate Australia Day.

Whatever you do to celebrate Australia Day AWNY wishes you a happy one. Just to get you in the mood check out this cute video ‘STRAYA’ a parody of Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya’ with lots of great images to make you homesick.

Event Review: Happy Hour at Flinders Lane

by Pamela Allen

On Wednesday evening, Australian Women in New York (AWNY) members and friends met at the new Australian venue Flinders Lane, located in the East Village. The establishment adopts its name from Melbourne, Australia and has an atmosphere reflective of the city’s cutting edge and artistic culture. In true Melbourne form, Flinders Lane feels like one of the small laneway bars in the ‘grungy-chic’ city many Aussie hipsters often frequent and call home.

10494742_710797875647450_6704555735021348427_nThe cuisine offered at Flinders Lane is largely reminiscent of Australia’s multicultural and diverse culture. The menu has been created with huge international influence and patrons are able to order dishes traditionally found in Asia, Greece, Britain and Italy, spicing up what could have been just another Aussie restaurant in Manhattan. The food ranges from a zesty, flavoursome Laksa to the humble sausage roll. Continue reading

Restaurant Review: Flinders Lane NYC

By Melissa Bickford 

Flinders Lane, NYC

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It’s rare you go a day without hearing an Aussie accent around NYC anymore. There may come a time when you’ve exhausted your secret vegemite supplies and you find yourself nostalgic for an edible piece of home though. When that day comes, go no further than the aptly named Flinders Lane in the East Village. A delicious piece of Melbourne in Manhattan.

Flinders Lane NYC

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Flinders Lane has a dreamy candle lit ambiance. Delicately juxtaposed to the concrete and graffiti wall backdrop. Throw in soothing tunes, tall timber tables and a very well stocked bar, and you’ve got just the right ingredients to create an accurate replication of that romantic edgy vibe we love about Melbourne.

I’ve only been in New York a short while, yet I do find myself missing the clean simple designer foods from the motherland (with perhaps a little less salt and sauce you come to expect in America). Enter chic poached chicken salad with crispy colorful shredded salad leaves and perfect ratio of peanuts.

Very tasty choice and reasonably priced at $13. Washed down with a glass of Pewsey Vale Riesling, I was feeling well taken care of. Wonderful service and a lovely little haven in our home away from home. Will be back again soon!

Flinders Lane
162 Avenue A, New York
(212) 228 6900